BROADCAST DATE : Jan 6, 2017

The Mind Readers

Over the years at the fifth estate, we have profiled of some of Canada’s most haunting killers – we have probed their motives, their methods, their murders. Now  we take you deep inside their minds  - a journey with the psychiatrists  who are sent into the jail cells to talk to and diagnose Canada’s most infamous accused murderers. Were they so mentally disturbed as to be “not criminally responsible” for their crimes … or was that an excuse to escape justice?

We speak to the doctors involved in two high-profile cases:

  • Luka Magnotta, who was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2012 Montreal killing and dismemberment of university student.
  • Vince Li, who beheaded a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba  in 2008 but was found to be not criminally responsible for the murder because of a mental illness.

There are revealing, sometimes disturbing insights -- from the perspective of the mind readers.